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Russian President Vladimir Putin has all-but-declared victory in Syria.It is personal in nature: it is Exhibit A in Putin's assertion to his domestic constituents that he has restored Russia as a world power; that Russians need not dwell on economic shortfalls or chronic corruption; that the days of post-Cold War humiliation and disgrace are over.Putin now wishes to seal politically the military advances his air force and Iranian-led foreign fighters have achieved on behalf of the Assad regime and its broken army.Nothing good in terms of American national security interests is likely to turn up from cooperating with Putin in Syria.To establish domestic political bragging rights for having saved Assad and restored Russia to greatness, Putin is solidifying Iran's grip on Syria. Putin, whose air force pales in significance to the ground forces of foreign fighters assembled by Iran in Syria, seeks American cooperation in placing Syria firmly in the hands of the likes of Jafari.
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